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Britain’s Got Talent group talk bringing their gay act to TV screens

Britain’s Got Talent group talk bringing their gay act to TV screens

Simon Cowell is famously renowned for saying ‘I don’t like drag acts’, so it was always a risk to audition for Britain’s Got Talent as an openly LGBT act with a drag queen front woman.

And it was a risk that paid off.

Against all the odds, our act La Voix and the London Gay Big Band will perform on the BGT 2014 Live Semi Finals on Saturday tonight (31 May), broadcast to the entire nation and streamed on YouTube to the world.

It’s safe to say this will be the biggest performance of our lives, and certainly nothing we could ever have dreamt of when we founded our LGBT community band three years ago in the safety and comfort of the Two Brewers bar in Clapham, London.

Rocking up to the Hammersmith Apollo for our first audition with over 20 musicians and a drag queen certainly made quite an impact.

The atmosphere was amazing – thousands of people in the audition room, all hopeful acts trying to impress the judges. Cameras, lights, runners everywhere created a frenzy of activity. Simon wasn’t at our first audition (due to his son being born), but the support from the other judges was overwhelming. David loved it giving us both a ‘yes’ from Simon in his absence and a ‘yes’ from himself. Amanda and Alesha both raved about our performance, giving us some brilliant feedback on the audition. We were through!

So as we are preparing for our live performance on Saturday night and we could not be more excited and honoured to showcase out act, our spirit, our energy and our expression to the nation and to the world.

Being a gay drag act on national prime time television is somewhat of a responsibility towards the community and LGBT people across the world who may not be as lucky to enjoy the same freedoms as we do in the UK.

‘If being on prime time TV gives a sign to our international LGBT brothers and sisters that things can be better, then we have done our job,’ said Stuart our saxophonist.

As the only LGBT Big Band in the UK, and one of only a handful worldwide, we are proud and privileged to showcase our unique style, music and energy to the entire nation.

With Conchita Wurst winning this year’s Eurovision song contest, the Zeitgeist is absolutely right for another LGBT and gender-stereotype breaking act to be showcased on national television and on digital platforms across the globe.

The experience of competing in Britain’s Got Talent has been absolutely incredible – a whirlwind adventure for all of us and we hope it can continue!

Please support us on Twitter (@LGBigBand and @lavoixtheshow) and, most importantly, tune in to ITV on tonight (31 May) at 7pm and vote for La Voix and the London Gay Big Band.

Let’s make this vote count!